Home bankers in our Champions League accumulator
It’s time for the serious stuff in the Champions League this week as the race for the knock-out stages starts to hot up.
November 22nd, 2011
Much of the attention tonight will be on Manchester City as they fly out to Naples for a big clash with Napoli but we’re finding that game pretty difficult to call. Napoli have been shaky in Serie A of late but have been impressive in Europe, whilst (until their trip to Villarreal at least) the opposite was true of City.
So instead of focusing on a clash that we’re struggling to call, we’ve picked out four home ‘bankers’ which we think would make a tasty little accumulator.
We’re going to start with the early kick-off, where we’re backing CSKA Moscow to pick up three very important points at home to Lille.
This clash provides the Russian side with their best opportunity of making a step towards the last sixteen, given that their final group match is away at Inter Milan, and we think that they’ll have little trouble against a Lille side that, whilst not disgracing itself, has yet to really make a mark in the competition. CSKA came from two behind late on to salvage a point when these teams met in France back in September but we think that home advantage will be key as they look to claim all three.
Next up, we’re going to dip into Man City’s group where Bayern Munich can guarantee qualification with a win over hapless Villarreal at the Allianz Arena.
Bayern are sitting pretty at the top of the Bundesliga, despite a defeat to Dortmund at the weekend, and they can start looking forward to the knock-out round with a result against a Villarreal side that has yet to score a point in the Champions League and is struggling in mid-table in La Liga.
In fact, we’re even going to go for Bayern -1 on this one – that’s how much we like the German giants.
Also on a handicap is Real Madrid, who we think will overcome a -2 handicap against Dinamo Zagreb.
Real have had little trouble finding goals of late, with 32 in the nine matches that they’ve played since the start of October, whilst Dynamo were on the end of a 4-0 hiding against Ajax in their last European outing.
And for some British interest, we’ll back Manchester United to pick up maximum points against Benfica. United, following their derby-day hiding, have kept five consecutive clean sheets and we’re not sure that their Portuguese opponents can end that run.
Real Madrid (-2), Bayern Munich (-1), Manchester United and CSKA Moscow all to win: approx – 8.3/1 (BlueSQ)